Meet The New Dwarf Planet That Was Discovered In Our Solar System!

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There's still so much we don't know about our solar system, and as it slowly reveals more of its secrets we can't help but be star dazed. The newest information is on the discovery of a very distant dwarf planet that can help us understand how planets are formed. Meet DeeDee!

Distant Dwarf, or DeeDee for short, is located really far from our planet.

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At a far corner of the solar system, DeeDee is a very important discovery for science. We received the first signals related to it in 2016 but we knew too little about its physical structure.

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescopes recently made new observations that excited scientists.

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Because apparently DeeDee is a much larger object than what was previously thought and it's very surprising that it wasn't observed up to this day. Unfortunately, DeeDee doesn't fully meet the scientists' requirements to become the 9th planet of the Solar System.

DeeDee is 2/3 the size of Ceres, the largest dwarf planet in the solar system.

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Just like Ceres, the largest member of the asteroid belt, DeeDee has a big enough mass to make it globe shaped. That's why it's considered to be a dwarf planet rather than an asteroid. But we still need to wait for its official categorization and naming.

DeeDee's distance to the Sun is about 85 billion miles (137 billion kilometers).

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It takes 13 hours for the sun rays to reach DeeDee. That makes it the dwarf planet farthest from the Sun, after Eris. Completing a full circle around the Sun takes about 1,100 years.

This discovery shows us how little we still know about the solar system.

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University of Michigan scientist David Gerdes says:

"Far beyond Pluto is a region surprisingly rich with planetary bodies. Some are quite small but others have sizes to rival Pluto, and could possibly be much larger,"

Discovery of dwarf planets like DeeDee help us understand how solar system planets are formed.

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Because DeeDee and similar planets create an opportunity to understand the history of the solar system as well as the future of astronomy. Thought to be relatively recently formed, DeeDee could also help us understand the early times of our planet.

Developing technology consistently makes it easier to explore space.

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With the ALMA telescopes located at Chile, DeeDee was observed to have a temperature very close to absolute zero (with -240 degrees) and reflects only 13% of the sunlight it receives. With this information, it was determined that it is a particularly large dwarf planet.  

See you with more magical discoveries concerning our universe!  👽

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